HUD gives $604,000 to help Tri-City homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced about $604,000 in grants for programs operated by Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee and the bicounty Department of Human Services to house people who are homeless.

The grants are renewals of annual grants to run the Bateman House I and II projects, Home Choices I and II programs, and Shelter Plus Care program.

The programs provide housing or rent subsidies to people who are chronically homeless and have mental illnesses.

The grants are: CAC Bateman House Project 1 -- $125,704; CAC Bateman House Project 2 -- $128,308; CAC Home Choices 1 -- $180,369; CAC Home Choices 2 -- $74,472; Department of Human Services Shelter Plus Care Program -- $95,976.